Portknockie CBS arose from the ashes on now defunct Banff and McDuff CBS. Their demise arose from the usual story, nobody willing to work to raise funds.
That is when members from the Portknockie area decided to take on matters and rebrand the club. The ladies from the Portknockie area all sadly no longer with us took it in hand to run coffee mornings, afternoon teas and various events to raise funds.
In those days there were no bird related sales in Scotland so one member Jim Duguid who kept foreign birds had travelled to sales in England brought the idea to members. Our first sale in 1983 raised £100 with door entry at £1. It was planned to have 2 sales a year but proved so popular it was decided to increase sales to bi monthly and eventually we now have one every month.
Up until 2017 we were still charging £1 entry now we only charge £1.50. The numbers of fanciers visiting our sales never cease to amaze, if only all fanciers who visit our sales would show their birds the show scene would be a lot more healthier.
Our first show in 1983 was held in the Cullen Bay Hotel and attracted an entry of 998 birds from 117 exhibitors with a coach coming from Wick in the North.
The owner of the hotel was not impressed with seed being trampled into his best shag pile so we had to move to the town hall in Cullen. The show made it’s home in the town hall for 13 years until a double booking mix up occurred and we went back to the Cullen Bay Hotel (now under new management) for 1 year. In 1999 we moved to our current home in the Cullen Bowling and Tennis Club.
In those early days there were bird clubs all along the coast from Thurso and Wick in the north to Fraserburgh in the East, and you could get to a show every weekend from October through to January. Sadly only a handful of clubs have survived.
Over the past 5 years the Gloster section has really taken off, with 50 Glosters in 2016 to our show in 2021 where we had almost 150 and with more fanciers breeding Glosters in Scotland all looks well for the future.
There is only 4 of us who run the club, we have no monthly meetings as such if anything needs attention we will discuss at one of our monthly sales. We have no need for chairmen, presidents and all that faff, we all have a job to do and it gets done. Brian Shepherd is the Secretary/Treasurer, Lewis Shepherd takes care of raising funds and procures anything we need, Sandy Hay takes care of publicity and Brian Williamson is our sweeper/keeper and picks up anything we have missed.